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Are Californians the worst drivers? No, but there is room for improvement.

If you were to poll every driver, you would quickly discover that many would claim that their state is home to the absolutely worst drivers in the country. However, the truth is that most of these drivers would be wrong. After all, some states are just worse than others...right?

Well, every year Car Insurance tries to answer this very question with its annual Worst Drivers By State report. And, according to the most recent rankings, California has the 16th worst drivers in the United States - meaning there is a lot of room for improvement.

What makes some states worse than others?

The above-mentioned rankings were determined using several statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), including:

  • Traffic fatalities per 100 million miles traveled
  • Traffic fatalities involving speeding
  • Traffic fatalities involving alcohol
  • Traffic fatalities involving the failure to wear a seat belt, failure to obey traffic signals and driving without an invalid license
  • Bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities linked to careless driving

Even though California's ranking is significantly better than many other states - including Texas and Louisiana, who tied for the worst drivers - the Golden State did perform poorly in certain categories. For instance, California had the 10th highest number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 people.

Unfortunately, this report illustrates just how much work still needs to be done to make California roadways safer. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent motorist, it is important to remember that you may have legal remedies available. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your options today.

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